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Group Discussion - From Pride to Praise

Posted by Matt McGowen on with 1 Comments

The opposite of a life of pride is a life of praise to the Sovereign God.

Scripture: Daniel 4, 1 Peter 5:5-11

Discussion:

  • Describe a time in your life that you were humbled. How did it feel? How did it benefit you?
  • 'God is relentlessly committed to destroying pride in you before that pride destroys you.'  Discuss this statement. How does it line op with Scripture and your experience?
  • Read Proverbs 8:13 and 16:18. What is pride and why is it so destructive? Why does God oppose the proud (1 Peter 5:5-11)?
  • Read Daniel 4:4 and 4:28-30.  What do these passages and earlier passages in Daniel reveal about Nebuchadnezzar's pride. How do you wrestle with pride?
  • Because God is good, he troubles proud hearts (Daniel 4:4-6). How can a troubled heart be a gift from God?
  • Because God is good, He calls the proud to repentance (Dan 4:19-27). How is Daniel a model of both boldness and humility? Where do you need this combination in your life?
  • Nebuchadnezzar becomes outwardly what he has been inwardly (Dan 4:28-33). How is this a warning?
  • Because God is good, he humbles the proud AND he humbled himself (Philippians 2:3-11).  How can Jesus' humility deliver you from pride?
  • How do you need to repent of feeding pride? What is one thing you can practice this week to cultivate humility?
  • Discuss the chart below:

Comments

David Blowers June 30, 2019 8:48am

On the statement, "God is relentlessly committed to destroying pride in me, before pride destroys me"... Pride is completely opposed to the Gospel. The Gospel is something that is foolishness to the proud heart, and one must be brought to a state of humility to receive the Gospel. Paul said, "the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those that are perishing" (1 Cor. 1:18) and also "as God has ordained, the world failed to find Him by it's wisdom, and He chose to save those who have faith by the folly of the Gospel. (1 Corinthians 1:21 NEB). It is God who ordained the Gospel, so that only the humble may enter into the gate. For God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

In pride, we shut ourselves off from the best that God has for us, and God given humility opens the floodgates of all of God's blessings, including His Presence and Inhabitance.

By nature,most are proud. Humility is a gift of God.

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